Unique Books Entrepreneurs Should Read
We've read our fair share of business and marketing books, many of which we still refer to today. But ever so often we're reading something for fun and we find it's changed how we view our careers, business, and strategy. Here are some books that are not only fascinating and great reads but are full of new insights for your business.
Greenpeace by Rex Weyler
The history of Greenpeace is not only a compelling read for any activist or Vancouverite, its journey as a non-profit is profoundly engrossing. If you've ever wondered why Greenpeace doesn't seem to have much of a presence now in the city it was founded in, this book will give a detailed account. At one point Greenpeace was on the cover of every newspaper in the world and yet internally it was becoming fragmented and disorganized. Not spending enough time on the internal organization and how to scale was a critical flaw in Greenpeace's early years.
Rex Weyler is a thrilling writer and it's also simply one of the best books we've ever read.
Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
This tiny book if full of inspiration and a basic breakdown on how to tackle large, daunting tasks. Simple, funny, and relatable, this book is never far from our desk.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Anything by Mindy is a must-read really. Hilarious, honest, but also inspiring. Did you know her entire career was launched because of a play spoofing Ben Affleck and Matt Damon? If you're feeling overwhelmed and underqualified, take notes from Mindy who decided to just start somewhere. Not only that but you won't find any traces of effortless success, she makes it very clear that all her accomplishments are because of hard work.
Churchill by Roy Jenkins
There were a few biographies that came to mind: Nelson Mandala, Mahatma Gandhi, or Wangari Maathai. The power of persistence, perseverance, and conviction in all of these people will continue to inspire you long after the book is finish. These books are like the novel versions of the inspiring quotes you find on Pinterest.
Banker to the Poor, Muhammad Yunus
If you prioritize being a socially responsible company or want to ensure that your organization gives back, this book is a must read. It will completely change how you view giving. Mohammad Yunus argues that a hand up vs. a hand out is the only way to promote real change and he has the track record to prove it. This book will make you a believer in the micro-loan concept and make you question other socially responsible business models.
What non-business books have helped your career?